Adventureland / Frontierland / Tomorrowland / Downtown Disney NEW Pressed Pennies – Disneyland, CA

It’s been hard to keep up with all the new pressed coins being made available throughout the Disneyland park.  These past few days have seen five new machines (15 coins) put on stage and I figured it would be easiest to go over them all in one post.

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First over in Adventureland is the Bazaar souvenir shop.  Inside this location is 3 machines in total but on this visit we are just focusing on two of them.

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As you can see in the above picture this first new set is all inspired by one of my personal favorite movie franchises (and a great ride in Disneyland by the way) Indiana Jones.  The designs on these coins are the Indiana Jones Logo, Indy’s Hat and Whip, and Indy’s Hat and Whip with Crossed Swords.

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Here’s a shot of the backstamp which is also pretty cool.  The Disneyland parks always have really nice designs on the back of most of their pressed coins.

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The second machine at the Bazaar was kind of surprising since they are available before the movie has been released.  These designs are all about the new Disney animated movie Moana and include images of the star Moana, Maui, and Pau.

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Another really great backstamp.  Wish they would do this more over in the Florida parks.

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With Adventureland behind us we head over toward Frontierland where we find the Bonanza Outfitters store.  This is where the next new set of pennies can be found.

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Unfortunately the pennies I received were a little worse for wear and are kind of hard to see.  These designs include images of Cowboy Donald, Cowboy Mickey and Cowboy Goofy.

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Before leaving this park we had one last stop over in Tomorrowland at the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster attraction.

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The machine is actually located at the exit to the ride so you don’t necessarily have to go on the ride to use this machine.

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These designs are updated images of similar coins that used to be available here.  These definitely have more detail and press really nicely.  You can also see the attraction logo below which is on the back of each coin.

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The last two machine (for now) takes us out of the Disneyland Park and over to Downtown Disney and more specifically the World of Disney Store.  This is the same location that has seen a lot of new pennies come and go over the last year.

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The first set here has images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in some nice new designs.

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The second new machine here has designs of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Pinocchio.  Both of these sets have the same backstamp shown below.

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Whew, always fun but a little hectic when this many new coins show up.  But I’m not complaining and am always up for the challenge.  Stay tuned as I already heard of a few more machines that will be out very soon.

Once Upon A Toy Store – Disney Springs

It’s been very hard to keep up with all the changes and new openings going on at Disney Springs.  I’m attending a Disney Wedding in October and can’t wait to spend some time here checking out all the new stuff.  But with all the changes be sure to check out the old standbys as they still have some great things to offer.

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Down in the area towards the Rainforest Cafe is a pretty cool store called Once Upon a Toy.  As the name implies this is just one huge toy store.  When I visited in May this was one of the stops I needed to make as they had one of the new super multi-mega penny machines themed for Frozen with 8 unique designs and you can read out it here.

Que the Star Wars music.  I told you in my previous post that pressed coins seem to have ” gone to the dark side” (sorry couldn’t resist) with the Star Wars bug which is fantastic for us fans.  Shortly after the most recent machine at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost there is now a second 8-design penny machine.

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This machine is located in the far back area of the store where majority of the Star Wars merchandise is located.

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This set has each design numbers from 1 to 8, and includes the classic characters R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda, C-3PO, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, a Stormtrooper, and Darth Vader.

As with the other Star Wars machine I haven’t personally been able to visit this machine yet, but did acquire a set to post about thanks to a co-worker that just happened to be visiting Disney this pas week.  I actually sent her with a package to get some other coins from her resort which I’ll review shortly, but thankfully when she saw this machine and found out it was brand new she didn’t hesitate picking me up a set.  I really do have my friends and family well-trained to always be on the lookout.

Will Disney release any more Star Wars coins?  Only time will tell but with their upcoming release schedule of about one new Star Wars moving a year for the next who knows how many years this is probably a huge new set that will be forever growing.

Star Wars Galactic Outpost – Disney Springs

When I had visited Disney Springs back in April I couldn’t help but check out a fairly new store at the time called Star Wars Galactic Outpost.  For any huge (or casual) Star Wars fan this place is a must stop, and has everything you could possibly imagine.

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Inside has clothing, memorabilia, figurines, magnets, key chains, and much, more.

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However when I visited I was sad to see that there was no pressed coin machine here.  This boggled my mind as this seemed like the perfect place to have one.  Apparently Disney decided they had enough of my persistent emails (not really) and put a new machine here just a few weeks ago.  Not only is it a machine but one of the new super mega-multi design touch screen units.

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Unfortunately I was not able to actually visit this machine in person yet, but did have a friend check it out for me and send along a set of the new coins so we could review them.  The cost is 1 design for $1 or all 8 for $5 and it works just like all the others.  This set includes coins of Han Solo, Kylo Ren, the Millennium Falcon, an X-Wing Fighter, a Store Trooper, Power First Order, Fan Favorite Droids C-3PO BB-8 & R2-D2, and the Justice Rebel Forces Shield.

I’m heading back to Orlando in October for a Disney Wedding and will be making a special trip to check out all the new things in Disney Springs since our last visit and this machine will be on the top of that list.  If you are a Star Wars fan be sure to pick this setup up as it’s a great addition and seems to be a new hot pressed coin trend as you will see in the very near future.

Decades Set #8 of 8 – Downtown Disney, CA

It’s been quite awhile but the final 60th Anniversary penny set went on stage.  I’ve posted about each of these sets over the past year and you can check the archives to see and read about each set.  But now I can confirm that the initial rumors were true and there was a total of 60 unique press coins available for this special diamond celebration for the happiest place on earth.

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The location of this Decades machines has still remained unchanged and is located by the center set of doors at the World of Disney store in downtown Disney.

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This last set of coins represents the decade of 2005-2014.  The images representing this decade include Finding Nemo & Monsters Inc, Disney California Adventure, and Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear.

I have mentioned this in the past but these sets are only going to be available for a limited time.  However, to try to help out with your collection I have an extra set of these coins I just wrote about above (Decade 2005-2014).  I will give this extra set of coins free to one lucky reader.  All you need to do is post a quick comment below about your favorite Disney pressed coin set / image.  This can be from either Disneyland, Walt Disney World or any other Disney park.  I’ll pick the winner randomly at the end of August and will contact the winner at that time to collect your address so I can mail the coins out.  Enter as many times as you like.  Good Luck and happy collecting!!

Decades Set #7 of 8 – Downtown Disney, CA

Another few weeks have past and it’s that time for the next Decades set to make an appearance onstage.  We are creeping ever closer to the final few pennies in the Disneyland 60th Anniversary set.  As a reminder Disney had planned to release 60 unique (and limited) penny and quarter designs to help Celebrate their 60th Diamond Celebration.  Which by the way is almost over.

This machine is located in the same location as the other Decades sets, by the middle set of doors in the World of Disney mega gift shop at Downtown Disney.

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It’s an election machine with three designs celebrating the next decade in this set 1995 – 2004.

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The first penny has images of the Disneyland Hotel, Winnie the Pooh, and the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

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The next penny has Grizzly Peak from California Adventure, and Aladdin on his magic carpet with the Genie.  Aladdin is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies.

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The last image celebrates Disney California Adventure park that opened in 2001.  There are designs of Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and the California Screamin’ roller coaster.

Updated set count 57 of 60.  Only one set to go and covering the most recent decade should be very cool to see what designs they come up with.  As always remember that these sets are only available for a short time so get your set before they are gone.

Flashback – 100 Years of Magic 2002 WDW

Every few years Disney has a celebration that extends through the theme parks and of course their merchandise.  Thankfully for us pressed coin collectors this can also mean special limited designs are available for only a few months or if we are lucky up to a year.  With some of the new coins for this year already showing up I have noticed that 2016 apparently is the year Disney will celebrate Music, Magic and Memories.

This got me thinking about another celebration that was going on during one of my visits to Walt Disney World.  As we flashback to 2002 the resort was celebrating 100 Years of Magic.  This was to commemorate 100 years since Walt’s birth.

I visited the resort in the summer of 2002 just on a small vacation with some friends. In preparing for this post I went through some old pictures trying to find anything that had the 100 Years of Magic designs but couldn’t find anything.  However what does stick in my mind was the huge assortment of pressed quarters that were available throughout the theme parks and resorts.  I must admit that at this time I wasn’t as obsessed with collecting pressed coins and would only use my spare change to pick a few random designs, and this pains me to this day.  Especially as I look back at this special set which I really think was a great collection.  I only picked up a few of the coins during that trip, and the years since I have spent trying to fill in the missing designs.

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In total there were about 50 designs available during this celebration.  As you can see from the above picture I have 11 so far, but I keep searching and trading whenever I come across another design needed to finish this set.  I’m not sure what it is exactly about this set, but I just really enjoy it and think the designs are great.

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These designs covered all aspects of the parks as well as each resort and other areas of the property.  The above design was what I considered the main design for the celebration.  It has Mickey sitting on top of the 100 Years of Magic logo.

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One of my personal favorites the monorail was also available to press.  Another nice detail on each of these coins is the established date.  Monorail Est 1971.

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Here is definitely a flashback, Pleasure Island Est 1989.  For those young ones out there this is the original Downtown Disney area.  I remember after a certain time of night you had to show ID that you were over 21 to access the numerous clubs and bars.  Next up the resorts.

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The Polynesian Resort Est. 1971.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Est. 2001

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Wilderness Lodge Est. 1994

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Beach Club Resort Est. 1990

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Pop Century Resort Est. 2002

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Coronado Springs Resort Est. 1997

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Port Orleans Resort French Quarter Est. 1991

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Port Orleans Resort Riverside Est. 1992

I still have quite a way to go before completing this set, but the hunting and searching is part of the fun.  Be on the lookout whenever you are out collecting for special edition designs you just never know when you may come across them.  However make sure you have enough pocket change to get the entire set because you just never know when you may be able to find those coins again.

Decades Set #6 of 8 – Downtown Disney, CA

Just this past week the latest Decades set of pressed coins became available on at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney California.  The latest news is that these decades sets are the last of the 60th Diamond Celebration designs.  This latest set is the 6th to be available giving a total of 54 coins released to far.  The last two sets are rumored to also be the completion of this Decades set.

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As with the other sets there are three designs available in an electric machine.  The machine is the same one located at the World of Disney store and is by the middle set of entrance/exit doors.  This set includes designs for the decade of 1985-1994.

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Above is a close up of the first coin.  The design celebrates Start Tours which debuted in 1987 and Captain EO which started in 1986.

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The second penny design is of the dragon from Fantastic! the nighttime show which debuted in 1992.

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The last coin has an image of the world-famous Splash Mountain which opened in 1989.  I’m not personally a huge fan of this ride but I was dragged on numerous times by my little sister.  All three of the pennies state ’85 ’94 Disneyland.

Another nice addition to this huge special celebration set.  I really liked the Start Tours design as there really are not too many Star Wars related penny designs available.  With the last two decades sets on the way in the future be sure to pick up a set soon before they are gone.  I’ve seen the previous sets on eBay but prices are getting pretty high and quantities seems limited.  Happy collecting!

Downtown Disney Decades Set – Anaheim, CA

It’s been a few weeks since the last Decades set was available, and just a few days ago the next set in the 60th Diamond Celebration were put on stage.  As with the other Decades sets this machine is located at the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney, and can be found in the middle set of doors.

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This set has the following designs: 1975-84 Thunder Mountain, 1975-84 Jiminy Cricket and Space Mountain, and 1975-84 Statue of Liberty.

Including this set the total number of 60th Diamond Celebration coins that have been released so far is 51.  The rumors are that there will be 60 in total which would make a lot of sense.  So that means there are 3 more sets still to come.  I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for these last few sets and will share them as soon as I have them.

World of Disney Decades Set – Disneyland, CA

It’s that time again!

Disneyland has put the latest set of 60th Anniversary designs at the World of Disney gift shop in Downtown Disney.  This is the fourth three coin set in the “Decades” series.  The machine is located by the center set of doors.

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This set is celebrating 60 years of Holiday Magic.  The designs include: a Snowy Castle, Frozen’s Olaf, and a Toy Soldier.  All three coins have the “Est. July 17, 1955 60D” backstamp just like all the other coins in this special collection.

With the rumors that a total of 60 coins would be issued for this special Diamond Celebration we are only a few sets away from the complete set.  As I collect the remaining designs I’ll keep you posted.

Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration – New World of Disney Pennies

For the last week or so there have been some mumbling online about the next new set of 60th Diamond Celebration Pennies.  I am glad to say the machine was finally placed in Downtown Disney at the World of Disney Gift Shop.  I’m being told that the machine is located by then center set of doors.

These new pennies are the latest addition to the Decades sets that have been previously on stage.  The designs represent the decade of 1965 – 1974 and really have some great detail.

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Each design does include the numbers 65 and 74 representing the above mentioned decade.  The images on each coin are as follows: The Inner Space Atom Logo, The Country Bear Jamboree, and the three famous Haunted House Hitchhiking ghosts Phones, Ezra and Gus.

As I’ve mentioned in the past there is supposed to be a total of 60 new coins for the Diamond Celebration.  With this new set we are slowly getting closer to the entire collection, but we still have a few more to go.  I’ll be sure to keep posting as the new coins become available.